Exterior 1st Gen The un-clear bra

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  1. Wikedmini

    Wikedmini MINI of the Month - December 2009

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    Getting ready for the Rain.. Blue tape and rain don't work well together, so for the winter, matte black vinyl bra FTW. First time I worked with such a big piece of vinyl

    Came out pretty good, even tho i ripped it in one place..lol

    At least its cheaper than the clear bra.. and looks better then the blur tape!

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  2. Steve

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    I'd like to have my whole car to have a matte finish sort of like that.
     
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    It looks ripped in one place.
     
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    Looks wiked.
     
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    :)
     
  6. imo it looks better than a leather bra lol.
    i really like the idea of a vinyl bra
    very wiked for the winter indeed
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    You're sure that will peel off ok? Is it even thick enough to stop flying gravel?
     
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    I had the same question. How hard are these things to remove? I got clear bra on my car and it looks pretty permanent.
     
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    Heat it up a little and peel it off. No sweat. If it leaves some adhesive, that's what adhesive remover is for. Won't hurt your paint.
     
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    I'd worry about the mil thickness. I'm thinking the clear bra stuff is probably 7 or 8 mil thick.
     
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    Yes, what he said, its just a really sticker. It comes off easy. I use to change up the graphics on my VW when i had to do shows in 2003.

    This isnt permanent, its only for the winter. I've had vinyl on the car before, and on other cars i've owned, it will take a beating. But i rather have the vinyl take most the hits than the paint on the hood. I daily drive 200-plus miles a day.

    The clear bra is thicker because most people will never remove it. I plan on taking mine off come spring. This cost on this was nothing compared to the cost of a clear bra.
     
  12. what the heck...
     
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    #13 nabeshin, Nov 15, 2009
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    Really? That seems thick.
     
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    mil * 0.0254 = millimeter
    millimeter / 0.0254 = mil

    For example, if you have 100 mil:
    100 mil * 0.0254 = 2.54 millimeter
     
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    I guess you learn something every day. I've never really come across mil.
     
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    Thanks for the measurements Paul. Being a collision shop owner, thicknesses are measured in mils. The average paint job from a factory is between 6 and 8 mils thick. However, a 7 millimeter thick film would really stop some chips.
     
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    Looks pretty good and give a unique look to the front.
    Next winter try and do matte scallops with it, or flames..... may as well have fun with your winter protection.
     
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    And just so we're as complete as possible:


    mil [1]a unit of distance equal to 0.001 inch: a "milli-inch," in other words. Mils are used, primarily in the U.S., to express small distances and tolerances in engineering work. One mil is exactly 25.4 microns, just as one inch is exactly 25.4 millimeters. This unit is also called the thou. With the increasing use of metric units in the U.S., many machinists now avoid the use of "mil" because that term is also a handy slang for the millimeter.
    mil [2]
    a unit of angle measure, used in the military for artillery settings. At one time the U. S. Army used a mil equal to 1/1000 of a right angle, 0.1 grad, 0.09°, or 5.4 arcminutes (often written 5.4 moa; see "moa" below). Later this was changed to 1/1600 right angle, or 0.05625° (3.375 moa). In target shooting, the mil is often understood to mean 0.001 radian or 1 milliradian, which is about 0.0573° or 3.43775 moa. In Britain, the term angular mil generally refers to the milliradian. 1 milliradian corresponds to a target size of 10 millimeters at a range of 10 meters, or 3.6 inches at 100 yards.
    mil [3]a common slang name for the milliliter (mL) or the millimeter (mm).
    mil [4]
    in Scandinavia, the mil, pronounced like "meal" in English, is a traditional distance unit considerably longer than Roman or English miles. In Denmark, the traditional mil was 24 000 Danish feet, which is 4.6805 miles or 7.5325 kilometers (this is the same as the north German meile; see above). The Danish mil has sometimes been interpreted as exactly 7.5 kilometers (4.6603 miles). In Sweden, the traditional mil was 36 000 Swedish feet, which is 6.641 miles or 10.687 kilometers. In Sweden and Norway the mil is now interpreted as a metric unit equal to exactly 10 kilometers (6.2137 miles).
    mil [5]
    an alternate spelling of the mill
     
  19. Wikedmini

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    umm thanks. I think i'll keep the stright/clean look.
     
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    This was my understanding.
     

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